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2006 Annual Science Report

University of California, Los Angeles Reporting  |  JUL 2005 – JUN 2006

Extrasolar Planetary Systems and the Potential for Terrestrial Planets

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Project Progress

This project entails modeling of the oxygen isotope history of the solar nebula, with the goals of understanding the meteorite record and placing constraints on solar system formation. I (Lyons) am funded primarily through the NASA Origins of Solar Systems program for this work, but last year was funded in part from Astrobiology as well.

Previously, I converted an atmospheric chemistry code to a solar nebula code, and performed oxygen isotope calculations at the cool surface of the disk. In the past year, I have started calculations in the hot, inner disk region, with the goal of evaluating the possibility of CO self-shielding near the inner edge of the disk (Clayton 2002). This work is still in progress, but preliminary results were presented at LPSC in March 2006.

Also during 2005, a book chapter on the topic of disk surface self-shielding (coauthor Ed Young) appeared, and an additional book chapter was accepted for publication.

    James Lyons
    Project Investigator
    Objective 1.1
    Models of formation and evolution of habitable planets